The state’s dominant sector is mining (it mostly accounts for Mexico’s status as the world’s largest silver producer).
Zacatecas also has diversified into livestock, agriculture, communications, food processing, tourism and transportation.
Chilly in winter, with mild, dry summers and an average temperature of 62˚F (17˚C).
Fly nonstop to the Zacatecas International Airport (ZCL) from Chicago, Dallas or Los Angeles. Or fly into Mexico City (MEX) for a 1.5-hour connecting flight.
Built in a former bullring, the Quinta Real Zacatecas has 49 rooms and meeting space for up to 350, and the Emporio Zacatecas—a fine example of the city’s Baroque architecture—has 113 rooms and suites and 1,504.25 ft² (139.75 m²) of event space. The Hampton Inn Zacatecas offers attendees 120 rooms.
The Zacatecas Conventions Palace has 52,204 ft² (4,850 m²) of flexible meetings, expo and events space. Alternative venues include the historical Ex-Templo San Agustín and the Calderón Theater.
Groups can take a train tour through the Eden Mine; visit the modernized Mercado González Ortega for upscale handicrafts or the Centro Platero Zacatecas for silver jewelry and ornaments; or head to the Corona brewery for a tour.
Coming up: The upscale 32-room Zacatecas Centro Histórico, Curio Collection by Hilton will open in a 19th-century building that is currently undergoing interior renovations.